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Already But Not Yet

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mark 9:1
And He said to them, "I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."

Hello and good morning,
Let us pray;
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance and for Your wisdom. Lord I come to You and ask that You guide my words to be used for Your glory and Your purpose. Lord I pray that each person that reads this blog is touched and moved in a way that will bring them closer to You. Lord I thank you for all things You have done in the past for our good.
Amen.

I would like to thank you guys and gals for all your support and encouragement. It is a real blessing to see the eagerness of people to read this blog.

I have been studying about Christ in the synoptic gospels. The synoptic gospels are the first three books of the new testament. I learned a lot about the history, the political and the geography of the land that Jesus was born into, and how everything that happened to Israel before Christ, was orchestrated by God. I also gained some needed knowledge about Christ’s ministry. As I was studying and reading my book for my class the Holy Spirit placed it on my heart to look more into what was said about the Kingdom of God. So this will by my topic for this blog.

The Kingdom of God, some of us think of this being heaven, but in actuality it is much more than a place. The Kingdom of God is a part of us, and around us. When Christ began preaching, He preached that the Kingdom of God was near. Throughout the Gospels Jesus showed the people, through his miracles and healings, that the Kingdom of God was upon them. He proclaims that the Kingdom of God is upon us when He was accused of driving out demons by Beelzebub (Luke 11:19-20 “Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then they will be your judges. But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has come on you.” ). The Jewish people were looking for a Messiah that would usher in a physical Kingdom that would restore the glory of Israel, but this Kingdom that Jesus was proclaiming was spiritual and inside us. Jesus tells about the coming of the Kingdom of God being spiritual and not physical in Luke 20:20,21 (Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the Kingdom of God is within you.”) In Mark 9:1, Jesus tells his disciples that the kingdom of God will be upon some of them before they die. This came true on the day of Pentecost when the people where baptized in the Holy Spirit. That power, wisdom, and knowledge that was passed down to us through the Holy Spirit is the evidence that the Kingdom of God is here. We as believers live in the time that is “between the ages.” When Christ came, died, and ascended He ushered in the spiritual kingdom of God, and now we await the physical kingdom of God with Christ’s second coming, this is the meaning of the title "Already but not Yet". With Jesus being the ruler at the right hand of God. The kingdom in which we live involves our inner nature and spiritual growth. We have to be able to look within ourselves and be able to change, in ourselves, what the Holy Spirit tells us to, and to live our life for God, the one who has given everything for us to be forgiven of our sins, so that we be in Heaven praising Him.

Lord I want to thank You once again for Your direction in this lesson of Your Kingdom, and I thank You for sending Your son to earth to die for our sins. Lord I ask that You would use this message to reach someone that needs You and wants You more. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

If you are feel right now that you need to know Jesus more, or that God has placed it on your heart to get closer with Him. I would ask that you send me a sparkmail so that we can talk and pray about the next step. May God bless you and go with you during your day.

Resources:
Christ in the Synoptic Gospels; 10.2.1, 10.2.2
NIV Bible

  
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WENDYW596 4/19/2013 5:18PM

    Excellent! If we could only grasp the thought that the temple of God is within us if we have been Born Again.......then our thoughts would always dwell on "What would Jesus do in this situation?"

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GREBJACK 4/17/2013 8:17AM

    The confusion of the Jews always makes me wonder why God had his prophets write about the Messiah in a way that would make anyone hearing the promise believe that it was for physical rule of the world. It's like Jesus telling his disciples at the end of the Parable of the Sower - not everyone is supposed to understand the message. Why does God do that?

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/13/2013 7:44AM

    Thank you for posting. You brought out new thoughts for me. God bless as you endeavor to serve Him.

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NELLIEH1 4/12/2013 4:08PM

    Thank you for sharing with all of us! Yes indeed, the Kingdom of GOD has come on us. Ephesians 1 is such an encouragement of all we continually receive from GOD in Christ. We can take almost any part of scripture and out comes the Gospel! What precious gifts we are constantly given!! Bless you in your work and ministry! To GOD be the glory!

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WALLAHALLA 4/12/2013 1:36PM

    Kudos on an excellent blog! I will eagerly look forward to the next installment.

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LOGOULD 4/11/2013 9:32PM

    Thank you Zach! A very appropriate title and message for us as we strive to see God's Kingdome come (here) on Earth as it is in heaven. It is only through us living our lives under the guidance of His holy Spirit that we may be blessed to see this come to pass.

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Luke 20:21 "the Kingdom of God is within you”
is a good explanation for our times
You did a good job explaining for someone
not familiar with church lingo

So you are a premillenniumist ?
I haven't totally decided yet,
but lean toward it.

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Hope you had a Thrilling Thursday !
Have a Fabulous Friday !


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! PEACE, LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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NITTINNANA 4/11/2013 5:29PM

    So glad you're sharing again, Zach. I missed you! I pray God's continued guidance as you seek His way for your life.
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67YKCEB 4/11/2013 5:24PM

    Well said. emoticon emoticon

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WENDYW596 4/11/2013 5:09PM

    Thank you for sharing the Word with us today. Amen and Amen!!

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SMIDGON 4/11/2013 4:35PM

    Thank you for such a wonderful blog!
I have been a Christian for many years.

Our world today needs to hear more of God than what some are hearing!

God Bless You as you go forward with your ministry.

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CYCLINGSANDY 4/11/2013 4:34PM

    I am impressed. You are a good writer. It was clear and concise. Sometimes believers act like the world rather than being "in the kingdom business." We miss out on so many blessings when we fret and worry. We only have to tap into Gods power. It is abundant and He wants us to be doing His kingdom work. Living like others matter and caring that they need to know our Savior are what we should be about everyday.

Thank you!

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SUEACCT 4/11/2013 4:10PM

  Thought provoking blog! I pray that it is fruitful for the Kingdom of God!

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SHIRLEY721 4/11/2013 4:00PM

    Thank you! Very good indeed.I have studied God's Word for almost 30 years and read much of many kinds of Bible's.I prefer King James probably because I was used to it as a child.We can never read too much.Very good job. emoticon

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JOANIE69 4/11/2013 4:00PM

    An emoticon lesson on the kingdom of God, and I am praying that sombody who does not yet know the Lord personally, will e mail you. God bless you as you work for Him in His kingdom, wherever you may be and whatever you may say and do.

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WENDYWORN 4/11/2013 3:59PM

    Very nice reminder that the Kingdom of God is within us. Thanks

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ANGELBELIEVER 4/11/2013 3:59PM

    Very insightful. It took me a while to understand that the Kingdom is all arond me as well as inside me. Our Pastor helped all of us understand that in a Bible Study class. Our God is an emoticon God.

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STAREYES723 4/11/2013 3:55PM

    Amen. That was an awesome blog and it touched my heart. I think you did a wonderful job and I thank for a much needed lesson and reminder.

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Hello Again

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hello Again,
It has been a couple months since my last blog and my last time on Sparkpeople. I wanted to give my friends an update in what has been going on in my life.

I guess I will start off with an update of my journey to life change. I have lost a total of 40 lbs. I am only 10 lbs from my initial goal. I need to measure myself and post those to see how much I have lost there. I have been struggling the last few weeks with counting my calories and not eating sweats, but I have however kept from drinking any sodas, except the sprite I had when I had a stomach bug. I believe I will be having to go on the calorie counting again real soon to hit my goal of 250 by June. I have been playing racquetball about 4 days a week for cardio, but have neglected to do any strength training for a few weeks. I have lost some motivation in my journey but mostly due to the time I have to do things.

I have started my garden already. I planted lettuce, radish, garlic, onions, and carrots. It is getting cold tonight, looks like a hard freeze is on its way, temperatures in the upper teens. I know that the seeds I planted are real hardy plants and like the cooler weather. I just don't know how much cooler. I can just hope that the ground is warm enough to keep the crops growing.

I wanted to update you guys on the calling I have in ministry. I have registered in school with Global University and have been working on completing my first class. I am down to my last assignment and then I will be testing. The first class was very informative and helped me understand a lot about Christ and the times he lived in. My assignment is to do something to minster to a person of people about some of what I learned. I believe I am going to do it here. I would appreciate it if you guys and gals would pass the word along to all that you can to read my blog and give a response. I will right the blog on Thursday morning. I want to thank you guys in advance.

Psalm 106:1
Praise the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.

Have a Blessed day.

  
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GREBJACK 4/17/2013 8:12AM

    I'll be checking out your blob Thursday, and congratulations on your first 50 pounds. That's quite an accomplishment.

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Also looking forward to helping in your assignment.
God's Many Blessings Upon Everything That You Set Your Hands To Do!
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    Ready and waiting to read. emoticon

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    I will look forward to following your Thursday Blog.. emoticon

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/10/2013 5:28PM

    I'll be looking for your blog tomorrow morning. God bless you!

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    I'll be looking fo emoticon rward to reading your blog tomorrow as well. I have just subscribed to your blogs. May God Bless you.

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    Awesome. will be waiting for Thursdays blog.

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BARBIE66 4/10/2013 1:58PM

    Glad I came across your blog want to get closer to god need it so I will be reading more of your blogs,,

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WALLAHALLA 4/10/2013 1:24PM

    I've missed your blogs! Glad to hear you are continuing on your journey and doing so well. Will be looking for you on Thursday!

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IAM_HIS 4/10/2013 12:04PM

    Awesome...keep up being a faithful servant and sharing.

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JOANIE69 4/10/2013 9:38AM

    Can't wait until tomoorrow's blog. I had been wondering if you had been able to go ahead with your plans for the ministry. God is good! Congrats as well on your weight loss.

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    emoticon I believe that if the Lord has called you to ministry, that it is commanded by the Lord to use our gifts that he has blessed us with. I know that God will be with you and give you the wisdom you need to get through school and be a successful minister! God bless you and the work you are doing! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 4/10/2013 7:29AM

    Blessing on you and good success in your calling

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LOGOULD 4/10/2013 7:20AM

    I singed up for the reminder to follow your blog. I am sure that God will bless your endeavors. I find that when life gets hectic, it is more important than ever for me to log all of my food so I don't have to think so much about it. If I don't, it has a tendency to get away from me.

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CHALLENGER15 4/10/2013 7:17AM

    Good for you on what you have accomplished so far! I know that in my fitness journey, that I would have times when I needed to just hold to get my bearings for the next stage. It sounds like you have done that.


And good for you for being at Global University!

You have a lovely family.



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SMIDGON 4/10/2013 6:53AM

    CONGRATS!

I am no spring chicken! But, I attempt to live the Christian Life and minister to cancer patients!

Also, at Church for this month, we are studying Revelation. The sermon is on this and then a follow-up elective study during the Sunday School hour. My favorite book of the Bible!

Keep on, keeping on!

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MJRVIC2000 4/10/2013 6:49AM

    We are proud of You, Zach! I hope that you will continue to read my blog, "FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH", because they may help you with your assignments. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Back in the Saddle.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Isaiah 41: 9,10
I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Hello guys and gals.
As most of you know I was gone for a few days to a Men's Retreat with my church. First off I want to say, I had a blast.

Day 1: As I was riding I pulled out my guitar and started worshiping God, and the other men that knew the songs sang along. I think I slept about half the way and played my guitar the other half, lol. That's ok. I needed the rest anyways. When we got there we registered and went to our bunk house and claimed our beds. The trek from the bunkhouse to the dinning hall was about 400-500 yards and it was downhill. We did not drive back and forth, we walked the entire time we was there. Dinner that night was Polish Sausage on a bun, grilled onions, homemade potato chips, salad, and chocolate cake. I limited myself to one Sausage on a bun, 7 potato chips, I got seconds of grilled onions, and salad, and did not eat any of the cake. Well considering it was Thursday and I needed exercise I did a jog up to the bunk house and back, with a couple of the guys that went with us. I got about 30 minutes of cardio in that day not to mention the other times I walked up that hill to get to the bunk house.

Day: 2 I got up real early on Friday. I could not sleep due to the firmness of the bed and being away from home. Breakfast was eggs, bacon, pancakes, and banana. I passed on the pancakes and didn't get any seconds. After breakfast there was a young man that had asked Jesus to be his Savior. That was great, the Holy Spirit was there and working already. Next we had a small devotional with some worship, then we were dismissed for our fun day. Many guys went golfing and fishing. We initially stayed at the camp grounds and walked to the top of the mountain for some more worship. I carried my guitar on my back and let me tell you it sure added some resistance to my upward hike. At the top we had about 7 guys just singing and worshiping the Lord as I played my guitar. It was so cold up there my fingers were getting numb. But the experience was awesome. As we were coming down from the mountain I was talking to my Pastor and asking him questions about ministry. One main question I asked him was, "How do you know if you have been called into ministry?" His reply was not to helpful at first. He said, "God will let you know and there will be no doubt." I may be paraphrasing and using my own words, but that is what I remember him saying. We went to the game room for about an hour and played some games and visited for a while until lunch time. At lunch we had a choice of chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken on a bun, tater tots and salad. I made me a chicken salad with the selection, and a ate a few tots. Our church group went tubing on the snow and we had a blast. It is funny to watch a bunch of old men playing on the snow, lol. We got back for dinner time and we had, meatloaf, fried okra, mashed potatoes, salad, and cherry cobbler with ice cream. I ate almost the whole plate of food except the potatoes, and yes I did eat the cherry cobbler and ice cream, I only had one serving though. After dinner we had worship service and a speaker gave a message. During the whole service it was amazing to watch men worshipping and praising God with all their heart. We had men at the alter praying for one another, hugging and crying. The Holy Spirit was so sweat. We even had tongues and interpretation. At the end of the service, I was in the back talking to someone when my Brother-in-Law, who is a Pastor in Childress, Tx, grabbed my Pastor and said to him that he wanted him to hear what he had to say to me. My Brother-in-Law told me that God had laid it on his heart to tell me that I had been called into ministry. This was just a few hours after I had been talking to my Pastor about it, and what Pastor said made complete sense. I now had conformation that I am to be in ministry. I now have a long road a head of me, I am scared, but I am also excited. This day ended with a game of chicken foot and me being on fire for God and just full of the Holy Spirit.

Day 3: I didn't get up early this day but I made it for breakfast. We had biscuits and sausage and bacon gravy, and eggs. All I can say about that is yummy. After breakfast we went to clean up our bunk house before our last devotional. We had another powerful worship service before devotional, and you could feel the God's presence. It is amazing to see men jumping and shouting for the Lord. The devotion that was given was a powerful message and the men were down at the alter praying and crying again. We had lunch afterwards and it was good. We had chicken alfredo with noodles, garlic toast, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, and a salad. I had double helpings of the veggies. After lunch we headed back home, and I drove the Church van all the way, about 8 hours.

I realize how long this blog is but I wanted to go ahead and talk about the scripture I added here. It goes with the experience I had at our retreat. He says it all so clearly here. He has called you from the ends of the earth; I was not a good person 2 and a half years ago, but yet I was called to go to church and change my life. I believe he has called you too. We are all called by him to do good for the kingdom of God. He tells us not to fear and to not be dismayed. He is with us, strengthens us, and will uphold us with his righteous right hand. What more encouragement do you need?

Heavenly Father I want to ask that You forgive us of the sin of not believing in You. Lord I know that Your are with us and will lead and guide us though our good times and our hard times. Lord I ask for blessings of yes and amen, over all those that read this blog. Lord I ask that You would help remind us each day of who You are. Lord thank You for Your faithfulness and Your goodness. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

  
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NITTINNANA 2/16/2013 9:07AM

    Just thought I'd share my Dad's story - he was a retired Methodist pastor. He started college before WWII and graduated 1948 with a wife and 3 kids. Worked as a research chemist for a New England paper mill. When he was a Sunday School superintendent, he disagreed with the pastor about something. (I never knew what). Pastor responded snidely, "we'll, if you think you're so smart, Bill Chamberlain, why don't you just go to seminary and be a minister!"
I guess you could have heard a pin drop at that meeting. Finally Dad said quietly, "maybe I will. "

He went home and told my Mom, and they stayed up about all night talking and praying. He said that by morning it was clear that he should apply to seminary and just keep going until someone said "no. " So he started at the age of 30 and retired after more than 35 years. He always believed that, since no one told him no, God must be saying yes.

So, I pray for you as you follow what seems to be a calling. Keep going, whatever it takes, unless God says no!

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ZGETMAN 2/12/2013 5:56PM

    Yes it was a Men's Retreat. Although there were a few sons there. It was just amazing and refreshing.


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WALLAHALLA 2/12/2013 4:10PM

    Your retreat sounds great. Was it a Men's Encounter?

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JOANIE69 2/12/2013 9:23AM

    emoticon When God calls, He also enables. I am praying for you and your future and for your family. Yours will not be an easy path, but if God is for you, who can be against you? It won't be easy, but your faith and hope and trust in God will carry you through, for He will carry you Himself. Praise the lord.

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JSTETSER 2/12/2013 6:27AM

    Thanks for the interesting post!


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First Slump

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Hello guys and gals.
I had a long day at work and considering I got a holiday day today, I don't have to work tonight. I know it is real late for my blog but I wanted to give you guys and update on my journey.

I am finding it hard to eat snacks and my meals with my schedule changing so much, not to mention not having snacks in the pantry right now. I have ran out of ideas for cooking dinner. I can cook chicken burritos just so much, until it gets old. I made beef tacos today, not much of a change. I make a lot of chicken and I wish I had more ways to fix it, but I will manage. I guess I am in my first slump. I have made it over a month without a soda and I have not craved any either.

Now I want to talk about my exercise. I have found myself going to the YMCA mostly to play racquetball. The tracker says that racquetball: casual burns up about 1000 calories for 60 mins of play. I guess the fun I have playing just does not let me realize it, but just in case I think I am going to get me a heart monitor that tells me calories too. Then maybe I will feel better about playing racquetball, than running, or cycling.

I did measure myself yesterday and I lost almost 4 inches total throughout my body. It is amazing to see the progress.

I have not been feeling like blogging the last couple of days. So I think I will take a little break. I wont be able to blog when I go to New Mexico Thursday -Saturday. I am sorry for not posting my usual God's word, I just do not feel moved to study today. Please pray for me as I am struggling a little today. More so than usual. Not with anything serious, I just don't have enough time in the day for the things I want and need to do, and it could be I am just sleepy due to working last night and only getting 3 hrs sleep today.

Eat Lite to Be Lite and Enjoy,
Zach

  
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WALLAHALLA 2/7/2013 2:57PM

    Rest is an important part of your journey. Make sure you get enough.

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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 2/6/2013 2:38PM

    Way to go in losing 4 inches! For chicken - I will just eat chicken with vegetables and roasted sweer potato. Or sometimes I will add it into a stir fry with low sodium Tumari (Gluten free soy sauce), with pea pods, broccoli, carrots, bean sprouts, garlic and onion. I'll try to think up some other ideas and send them your way!

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JOANIE69 2/6/2013 8:31AM

    emoticon Although I love to read your blogs, don't think you have to do them every day. Just to be honest with us and let us in on your thoughts and struggles and victories now and then is also helpful, for it makes us reflect on our own journey- in my case the past is long, and now I have a more hopeful future again. Spark People is awesome, and the folks here who share are even more so. We will be here when you blog...no matter if weekly or monthly at times. Better that you take care of you..there are many in your "real" world who need you too....Blessings, Joanie emoticon

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Day and Night

Monday, February 04, 2013

Luke 11:5-10 (NAS)
Then He said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves ; for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him'; and from inside he answers and says, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed ; I cannot get up and give you anything.' "I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find ; knock, and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks, receives ; and he who seeks, finds ; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.

Luke 18:3-7 (NIV)
"And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' " And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off ?

Hello guys and gals.
I had a wonderful day in the Lord's house yesterday. The Holy Spirit is so sweet and was moving in power. I love Sundays and the ability to be able to go to church and worship God.

Today was weigh in day. I don't know what time I have been wieghing in every Sunday but I will be sure to remember this time. I weighed myself 4 times today just to see how my weight changed. In the morning when I got home, I weighed myself at 280.4, then went to bed. I got home from church ate me a bite of food and weighed before I went to bed again and I was at 274. When I got up from bed at 5:00pm I weighed myself again and I was at 272.4. I went to church and came back home and had dinner, and I weighted 279.8 I know I didn't drink and eat 7 pounds of food, so I don't know what happend, lol. I took the highest weight as my weigh in today and it still shows I lost 3 pounds. I am happy with that.

My Pastor and our Sunday School teacher was on the same wave length today, which does not happen often. They both spoke about prayer. Sunday School was about how to pray, and Pastor was talked about continuing to pray day and night. I wanted to expand a little about it. I found this passage in Luke and even though I am leary about teaching wealth and prosperity, I wanted to share this. Pastor's passage was Luke 18:6,7, and it is amazing to me how close these to scriptures are.

Both are spoken by Jesus, and they mean the same thing to me. In the first scripture it talks about being persistant in asking for what you need. In the second scripture there is a widow who continues to ask for justice. Both get what they ask for due to thier persistence. Ask God for what you need, and God will give it to you, that is what Jesus is telling us. Pray day and night and continue to pray at all times for your needs.

We all know there is a difference between needs and wants. Can we be so childish to pray, and ask God for what we want ,and when He doesn't give it to us that we turn our backs on Him? I am sure there are people that do this and I hope not ever be one of them. I believe there are times we pray for what we want and we do not get them, because it may not be good for us. Just like we do for our children. There are things they may want and we know it will get them in trouble and we say no to protect them. God does the same thing. He has a plan for us and He knows our needs, and if our wants do not line up with his plans then we may not get them when we want them. I believe God still wants us to ask him for our wants and our needs, and to continue asking. Praying ferently, day, and night for them. And as Jesus says, "Ask and it will be given to you."

Dear Heavenly Father, You are great and mighty Lord. Lord I pray that Your will be done in our lives and that You would continue to walk with us. Lord I ask for blessing of yes and amen over the people that read my blogs, and my family. Lord God forgive us of our transgressions and help us during our temptations. Lord we give you glory and honor in all things You do for us. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

  
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WALLAHALLA 2/4/2013 3:33PM

    I always weigh when I first wake up. At least that way it is consistent. Water, especially can add a few pounds in a hurry. Barometric pressure will also effect weight. We fluctuate a lot during the day! Great science fair project!

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DETERMINEDBABE 2/4/2013 2:29PM

    Love reading your blogs...I know the verses and understand them by the grace of GOD and very thankful because there was a time when I didn't understand....when I read your interpretation of the verses it inspires me. I love hearing others points of view and feelings on bible verses.

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to read your thoughts and be inspired by the Holy Spirit through your blogs and prayers.

Hugs from your sister in Christ Jesus

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MNABOY 2/4/2013 11:25AM

    I know too many who do not know the difference between wants and needs. If they want it, it is a need.

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NITTINNANA 2/4/2013 11:18AM

    So glad you addressed the issue of praying for needs, not wants. Please continue to resist the lure of prosperity theology. Careful reading of the Scriptures reminds us that the invisible Church, the true believers of ALL denominations, will suffer. Of course, some will have more money, better houses, cars, or clothes. But that is not evidence of stonger belief. It also dos not address the issue of those who choose to live simply and still show us that they will never be able to out-give God! Church membership, or even church activity will never be more than evidence that the visible Church is far larger than than the invisible.

I just love reading your blogs. I don't necessarily agree with everything you write, nor would you agree with what I might someday choose to write. But your heart comes through, and I'm delighted to call you my brother!

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JOANIE69 2/4/2013 7:54AM

    emoticon This is a great lesson today. emoticon

I have proved all this to be true in my own life. There was a time when I tired of asking over and over, that I quoted the Bible passage about "vain repetitions" as a reason to give up on my fervent daily asking and seeking and knocking in my prayers, saying "my Heavenly Father knows what I needed in advance." But over the years I realized there was a balance to experience between the 2 opposites, and as usual, God 'moves and resides' in our moderation and not our extremes. While He does know what our needs are, He often will delay the answers - sometimes for years. I have learned that usually at those times His answer was delayed because of the law of sowing and reaping, and I didn't deserve the answer for deliverance or for the blessing that I sought. Once I got serious with the Lord, and my will and actions truly aligned with His will for my best, the answers - sometimes after years of praying- did come. There is so much to learn in our walk with the Lord, that I expect we shall be awed for eternity once we are in His presence there. What a Day that will be!

Thanks for this thought provoking topic..."God deals with us severally as He will", and I know others' experiences would differ from mine.

I look forward to your blogs. Bless you and yours, Joanie (-and thanks for friending me.) emoticon

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